Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno was delighted to seize his chance back in the team following Friday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United.
The Seagulls skipper made his first appearance since being withdrawn early on from the game at Watford due to a hamstring injury, and the captain spoke about the strength of competition within the squad.
He said, “It’s always a tough start when you get an injury after 15 or 20 minutes. It’s the worst way to start the season.
“I had to wait for my chance and the gaffer decided to put me in [on Friday], and I was really happy to get the three points.
“Sometimes you have to wait for your chance. I have been fit for the last three or four games.
“I was on the bench for two, and outside the 18 for one game.
“But that's football, and you have to take the chance when it comes to you.”
Fellow Spaniard Martin Montoya has provided the extra competition for places in the full-back berth, and Bruno spoke about how he’s helped his compatriot settle into his new surroundings.
“I have been trying to help Martin as much as possible, as I know how difficult it is to come to another country, another language, and other habits.
"But he has got a really good character and he has settled down really well. We are really happy with him and it doesn’t mean anything that he didn’t play on Friday.
“It’s going to be a long season and we are going to need all the players in the squad.
“He is learning very quickly, he understands the way we play and is a good player."
Bruno also reflected on the 1-0 victory over the Hammers as a whole, and commented on the way the side battled to claim all three points.
“It was massive for us. It’s so important to get results at home, especially with the clean sheet. It’s a good feeling.
“It’s an especially pleasing clean sheet, as in the second half we were defending for almost 45 minutes.
“But it was a massive win, and it’s really nice to go into the international break with this feeling.”